Founded in 2017 in Seattle by Laurel “Lo” Friesen, Heylo Cannabis is a cannabis extracts processor. The company is part of a network of suppliers, processors, and distributors that has grown in Washington, since the state legalized marijuana in 2012.
Heylo retained Mansour Gavin’s Corporate and Business Law Group to create standard operating, consulting, and employee agreements. In addition to advising on trademark infringement and copyright issues, the MG team, primarily Brendon Friesen, licensed Heylo’s intellectual property and obtained a federal trademark for their brands. On working with her legal team, Friesen stated “Mansour Gavin and Brendon have been critical to my success. As an entrepreneur, we face tons of obstacles in the road and Brendon has helped me through all of them, big and small. I'd be in a much different place without his support and guidance.”
Committed to sustainability and seeing a shortage of hand sanitizer during the COVID-19 pandemic, they decided to use their reclaimed ethanol to formulate their own hand sanitizer called “HIGHGiene.” Heylo donated ethanol to local nursing homes and assisted living centers during the shortage and sold HIGHgiene to cannabis retailers at cost for their customers. Cannabis has antimicrobial properties and the company used this opportunity to talk about the use of cannabis without intoxication.
Heylo is 100% women owned and has been lauded as a thought leader throughout the industry. The company has received a number of recognitions, having been awarded four first place awards by Terpestival, recognized as one of the “Top 10 Hottest Brands” in Washington, and in 2018, Heylo was named "Best Overall Company" by Leafly. Lo was recently featured in Marijuana Venture Magazine’s “Women to Watch.”